About CCAD

The Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD) at The University of Iowa was founded in 1981. CCAD conducts basic and applied research in modeling and simulation. With over 150 scientists, faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, CCAD is organized into seven research units.

NADS: National Advanced Driving Simulator (a national lab)

OPL: Operator Performance Laboratory

VSR: Virtual Soldier Research program

MIMX: Musculoskeletal Imaging, Modeling, and Experimentation

RSPS: Reliability and Sensory Prognostic Systems Group

BioMOST: BioMechanics of Soft Tissues


CCAD has sustained substantial growth over the past seven years and has created many strategic partnerships with government and corporate entities. Funding agencies and companies include the US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and companies such as Ford, GM, Chrysler, Rockwell Collins, John Deere, Caterpillar, NASA, and many others. With over 18 laboratories and specialized research facilities, CCAD offers our partners and clients with a significant value add to R&D efforts.

Contact the director: Prof. Karim Abdel-Malek